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Old 03-17-2010, 06:16 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by P B G
And when you tighten it up the top nut will change things a bit.
And that seems to be more pronounced when you have an aluminum top triple installed, at least in my experience.
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Old 03-17-2010, 10:35 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by Bigger Al
And that seems to be more pronounced when you have an aluminum top triple installed, at least in my experience.
This can be due to not releasing the fork tubes from the top clamp prior to adjustment.
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Old 03-17-2010, 10:49 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by davemon
.... Had the forks rebuilt about a year ago new rear schocks and new tires. ...

If the problem arose since the new tyres, it's worth checking they are on the rim true and properly balanced.

I had a very similar problem straight after I had new tyres fitted to my old Honda and they had not seated the front tyre properly.

Put it on the centre stand, prop up the front and spin the wheel. The tyre should run perfectly straight. Any wiggling from side to side, and that's likely the problem.
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Old 03-19-2010, 06:56 AM   #19
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In my Brooklands Gold Portfolio of old Beemer tests they found that unequal loading of the panniers caused a wobble.

Wobbles were much more common 50 years ago when tires had a flatter profile, and I have found the more rounded the tire the more stable my airheads are.

So dont dick around with worn tires / flat profile tires.

Lasertechs or Distanzas both have a good round profile and work well on airheads.
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Old 03-19-2010, 10:16 AM   #20
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Oh what a difference a tightening of the knurled knob makes. Used the spacer trick under the locknut thanks to Alton. Did the tighten up and all is well in the handling department. Even loaded up the camping and parachute gear to check it out and straight as a die.Thanks for all the great advice.
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